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3D printing becomes a reality with 3DPrinter Pro


We are the premier global provider of online 3D printing services for rapid prototyping, with an extensive network of local services provided throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From online order upload to additive fabrication, we strive to maintain high operational standards, quality 3D prints with low prices, and fast order fulfillment for consumers and businesses.
We’ve provided online 3D printing services for single products or short run manufacturing in consumer goods, engineering parts, architectural models, medical devices, jewelry design, automotive technology, and more. We stay focused on cutting edge technology and strict operational standards while maintaining the lowest prices in the industry for plastic and metal online 3D printing services. We manage a diverse portfolio of three dimensional rapid prototyping services throughout the United States and global market, fielding over a dozen 3D printing technology methods. Whether it’s metal 3d printing services, plastic, or exotic materials, our team offers the technical resources and knowledge to make your idea a reality.

Our technologies include:

FDM – Fused Deposition Modeling

SLS – Synthetic Laser Sintering

DMLS – Direct Metal Laser Sintering

SLA – Stereolithography

DLP – Digital Light Processing

SLM – Synthetic Laser Melting

SHS – Selective Heat Sintering

LOM – Laminated Object Manufacturing

EBM – Electron Beam Melting

EBF3 – Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication

Professional & Home Desktop 3D Printers

In addition to online 3D printing services, we are a leading supplier of the top industrial multi material and metal 3D printers for sale on the market today supplying home and professional users.

Desktop & Metal 3D Printers

We are a supplier of desktop 3D printers for sale from leading manufacturers in fused deposition modeling (FDM) and Stereolithography (SLA & DLP) including Makerbot, Cubify, and many more. We offer home desktop 3D printers for sale, and an array of accessories along with DIY 3d printer kits. Our prices are amongst the lowest in the industry and we’ll match our competitors. We’ve also established long term relationships with each manufacturer to ensure consistent customer service, order processing, and technical support. We keep our eye on the latest trends, continuously adding new 3D printers to our lineup.

Professional & Industrial 3D Printers

With extensive lineage throughout the West coast, our team has worked and supported many professional industries, giving us the foundational knowledge to advise professional businesses and organizations. This includes government, education, medical, and scientific research entities for full ownership, lease, or short term options. Our team provides a unique level of service for online and local 3D printer sales.

Handheld & Portable 3D Scanners

The advent of additive manufacturing and three dimensional modeling has spawned a new industry: affordable handheld & portable 3D scanners. With a handheld 3D scanner, users can digitally duplicate an object’s surface geometry and import it to a 3D printer for fabrication. Our line of handheld 3D scanners for sale are portable and compact, letting you scan objects on the go. Whether you’re looking for a consumer-oriented portable 3D scanner for sale or an industrial handheld 3D scanner for business, we’ll work with you on choosing a unit that fits your specifications.

3D Printer Pro is your one-stop supplier of Online 3D Printing Services, Printers, and Filament Supplies. We are a leading global provider of plastic and metal online 3D printing services, and a 3D printer filament supplier. We offer professional industrial and consumer 3D printers, prototyping plastic filaments, and handheld 3D scanners for sale at affordable prices. Our expert product knowledge is supported by our amazing customer service, low prices, and technical support. For more information, please contact our team today!

As the premier 3D printer filament supplier and distributor, we also maintain a complete inventory of specialty plastic filaments:





Conductive Filament

Wood / Stone


Taulman Nylons





Soft PLA



Cutting-edge security threats

Malware gets into your BIOS

When you think of malware, you probably think of viruses, spyware, and trojans that infect your PC at the OS level. But there’s a whole class of emerging malware that targets your PC’s underlying firmware.

A piece of malware called badBIOS doesn’t just infect a PC’s BIOS—it’s also nearly impossible to completely eradicate. According to researchers, badBIOS can persist on your system, even if you flash your BIOS. As a result, traditional detection and removal methods are useless against badBIOS.

Because malware that targets firmware sidesteps the operating system, pretty much any PC may be vulnerable, even if you run an OS for which very little malware exists. Last month, for example, researchers showed how malware can attack the EFI firmware that Apple uses on Macs.

that uses sound to jump air gaps

BadBIOS had one other sinister trick up its sleeve: Although the malware spreads via infected USB flash drives, researchers believed that it communicates with other infected computers via high-frequency audio signals.Researchers say that it’s only one of several possible ways malware could communicate with other infected machines without the aid of a network connection.

BadUSB, a toolkit put out by a pair of security researchers last fall, shows how flash drives can be modified for nefarious purposes. Using attacks like BadUSB, a prospective malware distributor could modify the firmware on the flash drive itself to fool a PC into thinking the flash drive is a different kind of device.

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Feeling unmotivated or depressed? Here’s how to move forward

It can get lonely being a leader, despite a flurry of activity and dozens of people seeking your advice and assistance. Conflicting and vague objectives, opportunities that never seem to pan out, and significant time invested in activities that don’t generate tangible results can contribute to a feeling of being stuck.

In some cases, a simple walk or break from the task at hand may clear your head and provide much-needed focus, while other cases can border on depression, panic, or a general malaise that lasts for months. Here’s how to identify when you’re stuck, and how to begin the process to recovery.

Turn the beat around

The first step is recognizing the problem and changing your circumstances to begin to mitigate it. Being stuck is insidious in that you’re often still able to perform your job and personal duties, but you may just be going through the motions and doing the bare minimum to keep afloat, which only deepens the sense of being stuck as work and personal obligations mount.

Learn your personal cues that indicate you’ve become stuck. For me it’s often difficulty sleeping and a lack of motivation to do anything long-term. For others, it might be a feeling of low-grade dread when getting out of bed in the morning, or a lack of excitement at facing the day ahead.

In some cases, we might not even realize we’re stuck until we notice a pattern of colleagues, friends, and our spouse asking if we’re tired or OK. Take a few moments of personal time away from computers, phones, and devices, and evaluate how you’re feeling and if you’ve become stuck; identification is the key to mitigation.

The great work/life balance lie

One of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated on the workforce by presumably well-meaning HR departments is the concept of a work/life balance. Supposedly, we can readily compartmentalize our work activities and our personal activities, and carefully allocate time between the two as we might allocate our monthly budget. However, there is only one life each of us lives, and rather than the happy yin and yang described by HR types, it’s a muddled mess that blends work and life in constantly shifting quantities.

Being stuck at work might be a result of a nagging concern completely unrelated to work, and vice versa. Or, the cure for being stuck at work might be a change in personal behavior completely unrelated to work. Examine your life holistically, and seek holistic interventions as you strive to become unstuck.

The best cure for moving sideways

One of the best cures for breaking free is to clear the assorted cruft from your mind and physical space, and make a discernable step forward on a task or project that’s been left outstanding.

Like most leaders, I have a massive list of tasks and projects, but I try to create a sub-list only of activities I want to complete that day. When stuck, I’ll winnow that list down further, and whether it’s taking a tiny, discrete step on a long-term project, or stopping the litany of excuses and spending 30 minutes working out, merely moving forward can often shift your mental state. Simply taking a half day and cleaning your desk and office can reinvigorate productivity, just as a 15-minute walk or a chat with a loved one can begin clearing the mental detritus that keeps us firmly stuck in place.

If you’re unable to push yourself forward, there’s no shame in seeking outside help. I’ll often speak with my wife, who works in a completely unrelated field but usually provides pointed advice and suggestions; she’s also not afraid to tell me to stop moping and get on with things when necessary. If you suspect you’re struggling with depression, and you’re unable to identify and mitigate the cause, seek professional help. Most of us have no hesitation going to a doctor for a broken bone, but apply an unreasonably stigma to going to a doctor for a wounded psyche.

Monitor your “stickiness”

I tend to do a good job monitoring my mental state and avoiding getting stuck; that is, until I don’t.

It’s easy to slip into a funk unwittingly, so try to take care to monitor your productivity, mental state, and interpersonal relationships. There are dozens of helpful techniques to keep tabs on your mental state and to keep from becoming stuck in the first place, from meditation to a good vacation.

Whatever helps you track your forward momentum and reinvigorate you, schedule it as an ongoing part of your life. With planning and diligence, you can lessen the times you get stuck, and quickly give yourself a push in the right direction when it happens.

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AWS outage: How Netflix weathered the storm by preparing for the worst

The internet’s biggest sites and apps were intermittently unavailable after more than 20 services on the AWS platform began failing.

The outages affected AWS services run out of datacenters in North Virginia – which the company refers to as the US-EAST-1 region.

AWS is used by many major firms to support their online operations. As a result, users of Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and IMDb reported problems accessing content during the six- to eight- hour period that Amazon’s cloud services were affected. The problems also hampered Amazon products such as the Echo, Amazon’s smart speaker that uses a cloud-based voice recognition system called Alexa.

The problems seem to have first appeared at 3am PDT on Sunday – when users began experiencing increased error rates on AWS’s NoSQL database DynamoDB.

However problems with increased errors and latency then began cropping up in about 22 other AWS services – including major offerings such as AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), the virtual desktop service AWS WorkSpaces and the AWS event-driven compute service AWS Lambda.

Within a couple of hours AWS had identified the “root cause” of the problems with DynamoDB, pinpointing it as a “failure of an internal sub-service that manages table and partition information”.

By just after 9am PDT AWS had resolved the problems with DynamoDB and reported it as operating normally. Most services were running normally by this time, although a few other services such as AWS Auto Scaling, were affected until close to 11.30am.

How Netflix fought disruption with chaos

One AWS customer that managed to avoid any “significant impact” from the outages, according to a spokesman, was the video streaming site Netflix.

The online media giant relies on Amazon Web Services to stream movies and TV shows to more than 50 million homes worldwide and was able to “quickly” restore the service to being fully operational, according to the spokesman.

Helping the service to weather the service disruption was its practice of what it calls “chaos engineering”.

The engineering approach sees Netflix deploy its Simian Army, software that deliberately attempts to wreak havoc on its systems. Simian Army attacks Netflix infrastructure on many fronts – Chaos Monkey randomly disables production instances, Latency Monkey induces delays in client-server communications, and the big boy, Chaos Gorilla, simulates the outage of an entire Amazon availability zone.

By constantly inducing failures in its systems, the firm is able to shore itself up against problems like those that affected AWS on Sunday.

In that instance, Netflix was able to rapidly redirect traffic from the impacted AWS region to datacenters in an unaffected area.

Netflix was able to do this because it practices what it refers to as multi-region, active-active replication – where all of the data needed for its services is replicated between different AWS regions in a way that allows rapid recovery from failures.

“Complete regional infrastructure outage is extremely unlikely, but our pace of change sometimes breaks critical services in a region, and we wanted to make Netflix resilient to any of the underlying dependencies,” Netflix said in a blog post outlining the practice.

Adrian Cockcroft, former chief architect for high performance technical computing at Netflix, said on Twitter that active-active replication adds about “25 percent” to costs and described the approach as an “insurance policy”.

“Most of the extra cost is the storage tier duplication at 100% scale both sides all the time,” he added.

Netflix uses Apache Cassandra, an open-source NoSQL distributed database. To maintain availability the service has to maintain a “few thousand” Cassandra nodes in “all regions”, Cockcroft said.

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3 dumb mistakes that will kill your cloud initiative

Cloud mistake No. 1: Lack of funding

This is so high in my screw-up-o-meter! You can’t change IT on the cheap. Consulting, training, cloud instances used for testing, and even money to fix screw-ups are absolute requirements — so budget for them.

Enterprises try to migrate to the cloud as if it were a zero-sum game. That doesn’t work. You will get the cost savings, but you have to spend some money first to get to the more efficient and agile states that will save you the real money. If you won’t spend the money up front, you’ll die the death of a thousand cuts.

Cloud mistake No. 2: Failure to win over hearts and minds

People who push back on cloud for sound reasons provide a certain degree of healthy skepticism. However, if the majority of the team does not get the advantages of cloud, you won’t have a team that’s motivated to get the things done that you need done. Also, they are unlikely to have the right skills.

The people issue is sensitive. In many cases, they don’t want to be retrained, and management does not want to swap them out. Thus, they may remain as roadblocks to progress. If that’s the case, you’re unlikely to succeed.

Cloud mistake No. 3: Letting tools and technology lead the day

In my consulting work, the key questions I get revolve around Amazon Web Services versus Microsoft, or what are the best devops tools. That technology tool set is a very small part of the game.

Holistic planning is more important. You need to understand your own business and its requirements. Then and only then do you select the technology.

I know, I know: What fun is that? Most IT shops go right for the research and pick technology that it thinks it’ll need. But this leads to bad solutions and no understanding of the core requirements. You can certainly have your fun with the technology itself — but only after you know what you need to do with it.

No matter how well you plan your cloud migration, you’re likely to make some mistakes. That always happens. But these three mistakes will kill your cloud plans — or make you hit the reset button, and lose all that time and money. Instead, be smart and avoid these problems in the first place.

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10 predictions for the IT job market in 2016

1: Network systems and data communications analysts will top the field

This should come as no surprise, as network systems and data analysis have become the foundation upon which business is built. However, as we see continued growth in the likes of streaming services, the Internet of Things, and big data analytics, networking and data will become even more crucial to the enterprise. Anyone with high-level skills in either field will be valuable.

2: Internet of Things will become the Internet of Everything

When the Internet of Things began evolving, it was met with a laugh and a shrug… mostly because no one had a clue what it was. Now we know. And we know its importance in the scope of technology. In the coming year, the Internet of Things will explode with even more technological breakthroughs that promise to “smarten” every aspect of our lives. With that in mind, those looking to expand their resumes will need to consider the Internet of Things as the horizon to gaze upon.

3: Freelance will be on the rise

Companies will continue to look for ways to cut costs. I believe that 2016 will see a dramatic rise in the world of freelance—everything from development to design to data analysis… just about any IT specialty that doesn’t require an onsite presence. What does this mean for a number of job seekers? A lack of benefits and less than ideal job security, but quite a lot more freedom.

4: Social media 1.0 will fade away

Facebook and Twitter, as we know them now, will die. In fact, I have been claiming that Facebook has “stripped the social out of social media” for a while now and made it more and more difficult for companies and artists to promote their products. Within the realm of IT and the job market, that may not be a bad thing. As social networking attempts to redefine itself, it will be on the lookout for new ways to bring people together and to bring people and businesses together. As you wind up the end of 2015, gather your best ideas and start creating apps and services geared toward building Social Media 2.0.

5: The first generation of “mobile-only” users will disrupt the market

It never ceases to amaze me that an entire generation of users will opt out of the desktop or laptop experience and interact (and even work) solely via mobile devices. This means a number of things: 1) The sites you maintain must be mobile friendly. 2) You will have to know mobile devices as well as you know desktops. 3) Wireless security will be critical. Without a sound understanding of mobile technology, you could find yourself left behind in 2016.

6: Multimedia will drive technology

It used to be that games drove technology. I’m fairly confident that 2016 will begin to see a shift in the landscape, with multimedia becoming one of the primary drivers of technology. As streaming services continue to expand, the need to grow network backbones, security, reliability, and redundancy will increase. When data pipes fail, people lose their primary source of entertainment (as well as the ability to work). Couple this with the need to develop better and better compression tools, players, and curation apps and you can see how the field could easily grow.

7: Mobile payment systems will drive up the value of security expertise

By the end of 2015, chip and pin cards should be the norm in the United States. Add to this the continued rise of Apple Pay and Android Pay, and mobile payment systems could easily drive up the need for businesses to further tighten network security. It’s not like we needed yet another reason to clamp down. But now that more and more companies will be accepting mobile payments, they will be on the lookout for security all-stars. If you’re on the fence as to what you should focus on in the remainder of the year, this might be your ticket.

8: Political cyber warfare will ramp up dramatically

I hate writing this, but the clues have been scattered throughout the year. Politically driven cyber warfare will see a massive rise in the coming year. The implications of this are far reaching. Security, backups, redundancy… so many specialties in the field of IT will be in high demand, all driven by fear of attack. And this won’t fall only onto the shoulders of government agencies. Companies of all sizes will need to batten down the hatches, keep up with patches, and secure all the latches. Otherwise… your data could be fair game.

9: Big data becomes bigger data, increasing the need for engineers who specialize in massive databases

If you think big data is big now, just wait until 2016, when the Internet of Everything has expanded to nearly every device and service imaginable, Social Media 2.0 arrives, and mobile payment increases dramatically. Big data requires specialized skill sets, heavily focused on managing massive databases. If you want to land something seriously demanding, something with the potential of incredible payoff, think Bigger than Big.

10: Prospective employees must begin to think creatively, as businesses become desperate to entice customers

Thanks to the crash of Social Media 1.0, businesses will be clamoring for the next big thing. Businesses will have to start thinking creatively if they want to bring in new customers (especially those of the millennial generation). For that, they will need fresh ideas, newer and more connected apps, and staff ready to focus a creative lens on development and evolution.

Your job strategy

The new year is almost upon us. If you know you’ll be back in the job market, I would highly recommend giving some thought to these predictions for 2016. Although it’s impossible to predict with any more accuracy than a weatherman predicting rain in Louisville, KY, the trends are there and the signs all point to change.

What are your plans for the 2016 job market? Will you stay put? Will you reach out for something new?

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Magic Quadrant for IT Service Support Management Tools

BMC Software and ServiceNow are positioned in the Leaders quadrant. Both vendors have executed well, and own 26% and 29%, respectively, of the ITSSM market. Both vendors exhibit the levels of marketing and sales capabilities required to drive market acceptance.

Notable Vendors

Vendors included in this Magic Quadrant Perspective have customers that are successfully using their products and services. Selections are based on analyst opinion and references that validate IT provider claims; however, this is not an exhaustive list or analysis of vendors in this market. Use this perspective as a resource for evaluations, but explore the market further to gauge the ability of each vendor to address your unique business problems and technical concerns. Consider this research as part of your due diligence and in conjunction with discussions with Gartner analysts and other resources.

The notable vendors chosen below were referenced frequently in survey and client inquiry data as offering the most common incumbent products for midmarket organizations.


BMC offers four ITSSM solutions. One of those products is Remedyforce, which is well-suited for midmarket organizations. Remedyforce is a multitenant SaaS product built on the Salesforce platform, and offers solid ITSSM capabilities at an affordable price point that is well-suited for midmarket organizations.

Dell Kace

Dell Kace provides K1000 Service Desk, a solution that’s tightly integrated with IT asset management (ITAM), configuration management, reporting and alerting capabilities. Kace can also integrate to provide endpoint security support, reducing the resources required for managing devices.

Entry Software

Entry Software’s TeamHeadquarters is a solution that comes with ITSSM capabilities in both on-premises and SaaS solutions. Its solution module comes complete with core ITIL-based processes, a self-service portal, queue dashboards and asset management. TeamHeadquarters can also integrate with Entry Software’s project management solution to create a holistic view of resource utilization.

Heat Software

Heat Software offers an ITSSM product, Heat Service Management, that targets the midmarket to midenterprise. The product is available in both an on-premises and a SaaS-based model off the same codebase. Heat Service Management provides deep ITSSM capabilities, including endpoint operations management capabilities. In addition, Heat Software offers flexible licensing in terms of named and concurrent licensing, providing flexibility for an organization.


ITinvolve’s Service Manager provides a SaaS offering across team workspaces for improved collaboration. The product has ITSSM capabilities with high levels of collaboration, enabling users to leverage individualized visualizations and scenarios to identify and resolve issues. The solution also includes a unified self-service portal for incidents, requests and knowledge management.


ManageEngine caters to the midmarket with its product, ServiceDesk Plus. The solution is delivered both on-premises and SaaS. It contains integration capabilities to other elements of the ManageEngine portfolio, such as OpManager or Desktop Central.


Samanage offers products for ITSSM and IT asset management. Samanage’s offering, of the same name, is built to suit midmarket clients. The vendor offers simple pricing with annual subscriptions, and options to subscribe to ITSSM, or to ITSSM integrated with its ITAM offering.


ServiceNow provides SaaS products for ITSSM. ServiceNow Express targets midmarket clients. The product is a “lite” version of the vendor’s full ITSSM suite, and is a good steppingstone for organizations looking to grow into the full suite as they grow or scale.

SunView Software

SunView Software offers ChangeGear, an ITSSM tool, either on-premises or in the cloud. ChangeGear has codeless design and is configurable without technical expertise. It also has flexible licensing at a reasonable price point.


SysAid produces SysAid ITSM offered on-premises or as a SaaS model, that focuses on core ITSSM functionality, and targets the midmarket. The product includes a basic benchmarking feature that enables customers to compare several metrics against averages from other SysAid customers. SysAid offers varied subscription options; including a lifetime subscription.


TeamDynamix provides cloud-based ITSSM software built for the higher education vertical. Its service management solution offers solid ITSSM and platform capabilities, including a brandable self-service portal and asset and configuration management. Additionally, TeamDynamix seamlessly integrates ITSSM, portfolio, project and resource management into its work management platform.


TOPdesk produces an ITSSM solution, of the same name, that is available on-premises or as SaaS, and is modular in nature. It offers simple pricing terms based on the number of business users supported.

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Names the five most hackable vehicles

The most hackable list includes the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the 2014 Infiniti Q50, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the 2010 and 2014 Toyota Prius and the 2014 Ford Fusion.

The study also includes the least hackable cars: The 2014 Audi A8, the 2014 Dodge Viper, the 2014 Honda Accord and the Tesla Model S (no particular year provided).

PT&C|LWG’s least hackable car list was based on the vehicles having either fewer computer systems, such as the Dodge Viper, or fewer networked components communicating with each other, such as the Audi A8.

Tesla was chosen as least hackable because the all-electric vehicle’s head units are based on Linux.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, the number of wirelessly connected passenger vehicles on the road will reach 150 million, and 60% to 75% of them will be capable of consuming, creating and sharing Web-based data.

To address the future threats posed by wireless hacking of vehicles, Intel today announced it has established the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) to help mitigate cybersecurity risks associated with connected automobiles


Another recent hack demonstrated how a 2015 Jeep Cherokee’s CAN could be accessed via a cellular connection and everything from steering and braking to seatbelts and the radio could be remotely controlled.

The Jeep Cherokee hackers, security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, said because of cellular access, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are potentially at risk of being hacked from great distances.

The PT&C|LWG study estimated minimum distances from which a vehicle could be hacked according to the wireless communication protocol it is using

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IoT and Intel Smart City Ignition City Labs

Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud
Changing Threat Landscape
Harden, secure, analyze, monitor, manage
Plan, Culture, Architecture
Intel IoT Ignition City Lab just opened in Dubai start-up community

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Dubai Police Smart City Initiatives 2013-2023 – #IDCITFORUM

Col. Khalid Al Razooqi – G. Director of Smart Services
Dubai Police Smart City Initiatives
Smart SoS mobile App
Dubai Police Robot

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Brocade New IP

Mr. Yarob Sekhnini -Brocade Regional Director

industry is validating our conviction, we’d like to weigh in. Here’s how we see the New IP:

Open with a purpose—Byreducing vendor lock-in, standards-based products enable choice that increases flexibility while reducing cost and complexity. These benefits help accelerate the rate of business innovation. And while we give you the freedom to choose and the flexibility to change, we also make sure that you have the same support and confidence that you’ve enjoyed from your proprietary closed solutions.

Innovation-centric and software-enabled—The software foundation of the New IP gives you programmatic control over complex tasks, tight integration with business support systems and high-value end user applications, and the freedom to develop strategic techniques for accelerating business growth. It’s an inherently agile platform that goes beyond support for today’s developments to embrace tomorrow’s innovations, while maintaining strict adherence to business and security policies.

Ecosystem-driven—Moving beyond a dependence on single-vendor limitations helps you tap into the vast pool of resources that you need to keep pace with innovation. That opens the door to best-of-breed solutions such as security software that routes network-wide traffic based on a holistic infrastructure view and real-time alerts, rather than inefficiently routing traffic through proprietary hardware. Access to such best-of-breed innovations let you build the network and add the services you want, and move faster and more efficiently than your competitors.

Enabling your-pace-your-way migration—The days of disruptive hardware rip-and-replace are over. The New IP lets you evolve based on your business priorities, whether by overlaying new software services on top of your existing IT infrastructure or evolving to an Ethernet Fabric. That means you can deploy applications as much as 90 percent faster while cutting operational expenses in half. So you take evolutionary steps, and achieve revolutionary results as you modernize your infrastructure, your IT organization, and your business.

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IDC IT Forum 2015 #idcitforum


Mr. Lal Chandani

Strategies Ideas Actions

The 3rd Platform Innovation Phase

CX Expectation- Altering innovation

IT enabled Business Process

IT enabled Services

Digitally enabled Products

Digital Resister/Explorer/Player/Transformer/Disrupter

Robots in hospitality industry

Smart Cities

Digital Disrupter 

Build IT talent

Align technology to business goals

Digital Architecture 

Business intelligence Analyzer 

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Gartner Magic Quadrant of BI and Analytics Platforms 2015

SAP, SAS and IBM are meeting most Completeness of Vision requirements and own a large portion of the installed base market share. They are investing aggressively to close gaps and regain momentum and differentiation through a next-generation, smart data discovery experience featuring self-service data preparation and automated pattern detection with natural-language query and generation for smart data discovery. They are also positioning their integration with their enterprise platforms to support governed data discovery as key differentiators. These vendors must translate their vision into renewed market momentum, including outside their installed bases, and improve their customer experience and delivery of business value to remain in the Leaders’ quadrant in the future.

  • SAS has had better traction, adoption and customer experience than IBM and SAP as a result of its major commitment to SAS Visual Analytics, its data discovery capabilities, as its go-forward BI platform. SAS has leveraged its advanced analytics strengths into compelling differentiators around smart data discovery in Visual Analytics.
  • SAP has invested aggressively in Lumira with forward-looking capabilities around smart data discovery leveraging its KXEN acquisition and self-service data preparation. It also has a clearer road map than IBM on how Lumira integrates with the rest of its BI stack (Hana, SAP BusinessObjects).
  • IBM has a compelling vision for Watson Analytics — combining self-service data preparation, natural-language query generation and exploration, automatic pattern detection and prediction, and visual storytelling — that will likely drive future market requirements. However, its road map for how this capability will integrate with and breathe momentum back into IBM Cognos is less clear.

Microsoft has delivered data discovery capabilities in Excel that have had some level of adoption, particularly in its own installed base. It has a strong product vision (particularly with natural-language query and self-service data preparation), and offers a better customer experience than the other megavendors. However, mediocre product scores and the lack of a strong BI and analytics marketing and sales focus — combined with the complexity of on-premises deployments and the relatively limited functionality currently delivered through the Office 365 cloud — has limited Microsoft’s market traction and position to date. Its new updated Power BI product offering (currently in preview), which can be deployed as a stand-alone solution for business users to author and share analytic content without the need for Excel 2013 or an Office 365 subscription, may change this trajectory in the future.

Oracle has gained momentum in the cloud through embedded SaaS analytics in its Fusion applications and has introduced a BI Cloud Service. Oracle also is credited with product vision around multistructured and big data analytics. However, it has been late to invest in business-user-oriented capabilities. While Oracle continues to grow BI revenue into its installed base, these customers have rated it near the bottom across customer experience measures.

MicroStrategy offers a compelling product and vision for governed data discovery and has made a number of positive business changes, particularly around pricing, but recent disruptions from executive turnover and layoffs may have negatively impacted its customer experience and sales momentum. It has also impeded marketing efforts to competitively reposition the platform for mainstream business-user buying requirements where product investments have resulted in differentiation.

Information Builders is a longtime player with a strong enterprise platform for delivering information-centric applications targeted at a large number of business user consumers, both internal and customer-facing. While it has invested in governed data discovery, it is late to the market. Information Builders has visionary elements on the road map and has introduced early innovations to the market, but has achieved limited adoption outside of its core information-centric applications sweet spot. Like the most other IT-centric Leaders, growth and momentum has been limited and largely from expanding within its installed base.

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